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Schlereth Thinks Charles is Beast | Washington Commanders

By Adam Aniba

Washington's O-ine concerns have been the trending topic among fans, primarily due to the unit only returning one starter in LT Charles Leno Jr. WIth the exception of Left Guard, every other spot along the offensive line has been set since training camp kicked off. Fourth year veteran T/G Saadiq Charles has been the favorite to start at LG.

Second year guard Chris Paul (College Scouting Report), who is transitioning from playing college tackle has also been in the mix with Charles missing time during camp with various injuries.

Schlereth was on point with his analysis on Charles and how he's looked this offseason. Durability is the only thing holding Charles back, but with Bieniemy as the OC fans should expect more quick hitch/high percentage plays that will play to his lineman's strengths.

Charles offers the ability redirect on a dime and shows good awareness when facing the rush. He's looked good particularly when asked to block out on in space. It's anticipated that new OC Eric Bieniemy will utilize a variety of screens and RPO packages, which should help limit the time the O-Line has to block on a given pass play

Charles didn't start playing offensive until college, when he lined up as the Tigers starting left tackle. Also, he's only been playing guard since being drafted by Washington in the 4th round in 2020.

Refining his footwork has been a point on emphasis for coaches, in addition to eliminating his instinct to lung and rely more on his counters and punch.

After multiple seasons on IR, this could be a career defining year for Charles as he locks down the starting LG spot. It begins against Arizona, playing well and coming out of the matchup healthy is the first step for Charles.



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